Redbird Scholar: Ralph Weisheit explains Illinois marijuana legalization law

Redbird Scholar: Ralph Weisheit explains Illinois marijuana legalization law

January 16, 2020  Now that Illinois has joined 10 other states and the District of Columbia in legalizing the recreational use and sale of marijuana, what can we expect from this new legislation? In the following Q&A, Distinguished Professor of Criminal Justice Ralph Weisheit explains some of the finer points of the law.  How was Illinois’ path to legalization different from other states?  The other states where recreational marijuana has been legalized have done so through a referendum. Illinois has had several lawmakers who have been working for years on marijuana legislation. The result is a 610-page bill that Weisheit argues is better thought out than the bills that have come before.  “It sounds great for democracy to pass by referendum, but referendums tend to be a paragraph or two and they have no details,” Weisheit said. “Lawmakers have to come back, perhaps not having thought seriously about what that means, and build a law around this vague idea the people have supported.”  How is Illinois’ bill different from other similar measures passed across the country?   Weisheit said the most interesting aspect of the bill is the placement of social equity as its cornerstone.  “This idea of making up for past injustices, making up for a heavy emphasis on small-scale marijuana arrests makes it very different,” he said.…

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